Family Worship Center, Beloit WI
Sunday Service May 28, 2017
Celebration Service - Tough Enough - Part 2
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    1021 Cranston Rd, Beloit, WI 53511, USA
    Sunday 10:00 AM

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You are tough enough to serve God and others.
1 Peter 2:4-10
As you come to him, the living Stone—rejected by humans but chosen by God and precious to him—you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. For in Scripture it says: “See, I lay a stone in Zion, a chosen and precious cornerstone, and the one who trusts in him will never be put to shame.” Now to you who believe, this stone is precious. But to those who do not believe, “The stone the builders rejected has become the cornerstone,” and “A stone that causes people to stumble and a rock that makes them fall.” They stumble because they disobey the message—which is also what they were destined for. But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy. (NIV)
Who You Are
1. You are accepted (chosen nation – 1 Peter 2:9)

Chosen: ἐκλεκτόςeklektos (chosen one or called one)
Nation: γένοςgenos (Family)
Ephesians 1:3-5
All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ. Even before he made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in his eyes. God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. This is what he wanted to do, and it gave him great pleasure. (NLT)
Who You Are
2. You are valuable (people of his own possession – 1 Peter 2:9)
1 Corinthians 7:23
God paid a high price for you, so don’t be enslaved by the world. (NLT)
Ephesians 2:8-9
For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. (ESV)
Who You Are
3. You are a spiritual house (1 Peter 2:5)
Who You Are
4. You are anointed (royal Priesthood – 1 Peter 2:9)
Royal: βασίλειον (basileion), ου (ou), τό (to): n.neu. palace, place where the royalty live

Priesthood: ἱεράτευμα hierateuma; a priesthood:—priesthood. ἱερατεύω hierateuō; to be a priest:—performing … priestly service, priestly service.
Psalms 45:7
You love righteousness and hate wickedness; therefore God, your God, has set you above your companions by anointing you with the oil of joy. (NIV)
Role of a Priest
1. Priest approaches God

So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most. - Hebrews 4:16 (NLT)
Role of a Priest
2. Priest offers sacrifice

Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will. - Romans 12:1-2 (NIV)
Role of a Priest
3. Priest brings others to Christ

But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. - 1 Peter 2:9 (NIV)
Role of a Priest
4. Priest are servants

Role of a Priest
5. Priest lead the way in worship

All the Levites who were musicians—Asaph, Heman, Jeduthun and their sons and relatives—stood on the east side of the altar, dressed in fine linen and playing cymbals, harps and lyres. They were accompanied by 120 priests sounding trumpets. The trumpeters and musicians joined in unison to give praise and thanks to the Lord. Accompanied by trumpets, cymbals and other instruments, the singers raised their voices in praise to the Lord and sang: “He is good; his love endures forever.” Then the temple of the Lord was filled with the cloud, - 2 Chronicles 5:12-13 (NIV)
Ephesians 4:11-12
So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up. (NIV)